Sustainability from the heart

The de Jong family, winners of the supreme award at the Waikato Farm Environment Awards. From left, Talbert de Jong and partner Emily Meese Tineke, Simone and Frans de Jong.

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

N leaching reductions possible

Lowering the stocking rate and using a feed pad are two actions that could help reduce a farmers' nitrogen leaching, an ongoing DairyNZ study has found.

Nitrogen leaching can be reduced by 40-50 per cent if the cows are stood off on a feed pad at a reduced stocking rate.

Empty rates rising in Waikato

The increase in empty rates is being blamed on the poor spring.

Empty cow rates are up over much of dairying heartland Waikato as farmers respond to a squeeze on their wallets and outlawing of inductions.

Difficult decisions ahead

Lyn Webster says she has some hard decisions to make in order to find an effective strategy to get through the next season.

OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.

Farmers flock to finance classes

Sharemilkers Bryden and Vanessa Rufford plan for the future at their Gore home.

Farmers are flocking to finance classes as they look to guard against more sudden changes in the dairy market.

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Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

Lyn Webster says she has some hard decisions to make in order to find an effective strategy to get through the next season.

OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.

Our Australian neighbours

OPINION: We don't need to love - or even like our neighbour, but if we are going to borrow or do business with them then you must do your homework.

How to save the sheep industry

Council picking rates favourites

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Few dairy farmers attend pilot riparian planting workshops

Discussing the ability of wetlands to soak up excess nutrients are farmer Simone Zillwood, left,  DairyNZ water quality specialist Justin Zitto,  Euan Wilson and Megan Wilson, with son Charlie at her feet.

Only handfuls of the region's dairy farmers turned up for the recent riparian management workshops in Golden Bay, Murchision and Pelorus.

Study shows N leaching reductions possible

Nitrogen leaching can be reduced by 40-50 per cent if the cows are stood off on a feed pad at a reduced stocking rate.

Sharemilkers Bryden and Vanessa Rufford plan for the future at their Gore home.

Farmers flock to finance classes

Farmers are flocking to finance classes as they look to guard against more sudden changes in the dairy market.

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Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

aquaculture

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

Fish and chips may be at risk

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

beef

Best beef steak sought

Judges at last year's Steak of Origin contest held at Feilding's Manfeild stadium.
From left: Graham Hawkes, Scott Kennedy, Sophie Pascoe and Sarah Walker.

Semi finalists announced in 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition.

Kiwi farmers falling behind genetic gains

Kiwi cattlemen frightened by genetic tools that crunch numbers to improve beef herds are falling behind overseas farmers.

Ben Knauf grooms his pet heifer Cadbury for the Future Beef competition at Beef Expo.

Cadbury ready for Beef Expo

Ten-year-old Ben Knauf hoping for a good result in the Hoof and Hook competition at the annual Beef Expo.

Sheep

Couple's composites win ewe hogget competition

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Couple win the Southland-West Otago ewe hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Mackenzie farmers do well at fleece exhibition

Several Mackenzie Country farmers did well in the National Golden Fleece Awards in Oxford on April 17.

Banks Peninsula farmers Annabel and Hamish Craw, winners of the Land and Life, Harvest, and Livestock categories in the Canterbury section of the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Top farm hums as generations cross over

Farm environment award winners on Banks Peninsula reveal how they’ve made their summer-dry hill country farm hum.

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Sustainability 'comes from the heart'

The de Jong family, winners of the supreme award at the Waikato Farm Environment Awards. From left, Talbert de Jong and partner Emily Meese Tineke, Simone and Frans de Jong.

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

Dealing weeds a crushing blow

Frustrated Aussie farmer borrows coal mining technology to come up with a weed seed destructor.

Supreme winners of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards (from left) Tineke and Frans  de Jong, Emily Meese and Talbert de Jong.

Orchard wins top farming award

Matamata-based Southern Belle Orchards are the supreme winners of the 2015 Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

agribusiness

Raiders butcher prized beef

The butchered remains of a shot cow lie in a roadside paddock.

Two valuable in-calf cows among cattle gunned down and butchered in a roadside paddock near Whakatane.

Seed drill a Rolls Royce system

Feilding soil scientist and inventor is on a mission to save the world's soils and has created the "Rolls Royce" of direct drill seed machines.

Here's why it was so filthy - the Triton wading through waist-deep mud.

All the dirt on the new Triton

We've just got to ride in the dirtiest ute we think we've ever seen.

Discovery

Carbon counting is big job

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

12 min ago  Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

PM to visit Saudi Arabia

John Key rejects comparison between Saudi Arabia's justice system and public beheadings by Islamic state.

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